VANDERBIJLPARK. ΓÇô As the clock ticks down for the Grade 12’s record exams, schools and hospital services have been brought to their knees as union members are not prepared to accept the 7% wage-increase and R700 housing subsidy tabled by government.
The public services, Nehwu, Hospersa and Sadtu, demand a 8,6% salary increase and R1000 subsidy for housing.
Last week several local schools and hospitals were left high and dry as union members disrupted┬á services; this has been ongoing for four days now.
Government workers who did show up for work were intimidated by strikers chanting slogans mixed with vulgar words directed at Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi.
Union members told Vaalweekblad that they want Minister Baloyi to come down to assist the patients. Baloyi was lambasted for not taking the crisis of the working class to heart.
“He alleges that the government does not have money, but we all know that is not the case,” they stated.
Vaalweekblad was recently inundated with telephonic complaints, with people mainly pointing fingers at the government and the unions.
Ms Lena Matshele says she would like to see government comply with the workers’ demands.
ΓÇÿPlease My President “Msholozi” Jacob Zuma, we beg you, give the people what they wantΓÇÖ.
A private medical doctor who asked to remain anonymous for fear of being reprimanded by her co-workers, said Sebokeng Hospital is a disgrace; patients are hungry and in pain and even babies were left unattended.
Ms Elizabeth Mogoase told Vaalweekblad that this was the first strike she had ever seen.
“I never thought that nurses and doctors, who sign a pledge to serve the community, would be the ones inflicting pain on patients.”
Her statement was echoed by Ms Martie Botha and Junior Leseane who believe that if government don’t do something to curb this, hundreds of lives will be lost in hospitals.
News source: Mooivaal Media – Vaalweekblad